Hi Red Poppy ~
You are so much proving my own points.
In no particular order:
I mentioned how Leonard looked at Anjani as they sang because it was Leonard being discussed. I was opposing what I noticed to what some others appeared to be focusing on. My being inclined to look past the things mentioned regarding Leonard doesn't mean that Leonard's and Anjani's paramour status with each other is what dominated that scenario. They were singing a love song. It's not so far afield to consider that not only were they dueting on a love song, but that they were singing a love song to each other. What that has to do with the price of tea in China with regard to Anjani's own abilities, however, is beyond me. Leonard has had other paramours, with whom he has not collaborated.
My hand on my heart [just after that phrase was typed ~ gotta get back both hands now to continue], the reason I went to Joe's Pub was to see Anjani perform Live. I made and paid for my reservations prior to having any idea that Leonard was going to be there. In fact, it was in the belief that he wouldn't be. My comment made at the time I decided to go and reserved my ticket was that I wasn't about to blow it like I did with "Came So Far For Beauty" ~ where there were going to be other non-Leonard performers. Flight deals to NYC are fairly available... and after reading all the accounts, I kept kicking myself for not going. When it turned out that Anjani was going to be there, I said to myself and here that I wasn't going to make the same mistake again. My attendance dates at Joe's Pub, however, were later changed due to the anticipated date for his appearing with her, after it was determined that he would be.
Why anyone would rue the time that Leonard has spent assisting Anjani in recording the lyrics he has pretty much written himself suggests some one-off kind of jealousy reaction. Resentment of some kind. On behalf of all those out there with whom he has not chosen to collaborate? The seeming strength of your own feelings causes me to wonder if your invitation for him/them to attend your play was declined due to his being busy with something "Blue Alert"/Anjani related
I feel it's important to remember that Leonard is quite a perfectionist. He is still devoting time and energy to his 'own' album, which I hope whoever of you are feel consternation about "Blue Alert"'s existence are preparing for the fact that Anjani will be there, as well... very happily so, for some of us; maybe even most of us, Red Poppy.
lizzytysh wrote:I'm reactive to people continuing in the vein that you're again alluding to here... that Anjani is being draped by Leonard. Anjani is a highly-skilled artist in her own right... and I feel the reverse is what's happening... that she is being slighted in recognition of that fact due to her affiliation and association with Leonard.
That's inevitable - they are working as a pair at the moment and you, among others, went to see Anjani because Leonard was working with her. (Tell me, hand on heart, that you didn't!!!!)
She's not being slighted, some of us are simply rueing the ebergy that's being put into her career (how many other artists have had an album written/produced for them by Leonard?) that might be more essentially used in his own.
Now that, of course, is his choice and right but when you write about how he looked in her eyes and how his face reacted to song-phrases you are simply proving the point that so much of this discussion is ranging around a singer who happens to be Leonard's paramour.
Most of us would much rather hear Leonard croak out of tune and with feeling than hear a pitch perfect singer deliver his lyrics.
Where does this "Most of us . . . " come from, as though you're wrapping the stats inside your conclusion, all being bundled up in one, as individual and all-encompassing givens regarding Anjani?
Fortunately, Leonard has a high level of discernment and doesn't trust his material to those who cannot deliver beyond this representation of "pitch perfect deliver" which suggests that is all there is... when he entrusted his words to Anjani, he had already experienced that she could be trusted to frame, melodize, and sing them from her heart. She has repeatedly proven that his trust was well placed.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde